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COVID-19: FIFA to Outlaw Spitting Action From players

Federation of International Football Associations, FIFA is moving to ban any spitting action from players during matches in an effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease.

The latest development looks to give mandate to center referees to caution any player who fails to adhere to the new law

This was confirmed by the FIFA Referees Committee chairman Pierluigi Collina in a written statement to the 211 FIFA member associations, including Uganda.

“In light of the major impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the world and football, there is a view to avoiding the possible spread of the virus, certain competition organisers have issued protocols recommending that players refrain from spitting and similar actions (e.g. nose-clearing) during matches,” read the statement.

Often players can be spotted partaking in the disgusting activity by expunging their bodily fluids on the pitch away from anyone else but have been warned against the action.

People can have the coronavirus without showing symptoms, which is the biggest issue when it comes to people breaking social distancing rules thus asymptomatic players spitting could prove a big catalyst.

This is one of the laws that will be implemented in case the domestic football activities resume whilst the country is still battling with the virus.

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